Student Andrew Dubrule Represents SUNY Cobleskill at the 11th Annual S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Regional Competition

Andrew Dubrule will participate in the NYC Regional Competition at the Astor Center, January 22-23; winners attend finals in Napa Valley in March to win $20,000 and a one-year paid apprenticeship with a celebrity chef.


Andrew Dubrule, a SUNY Cobleskill Culinary Management major from Glens Falls, NY, will represent the college in the S.Pellegrino® Almost Famous Chef® Regional Competition at the Astor Center in New York City January 22-23. The event is currently a North American chef competition designed to promote culinary mentorship and facilitate direct relationships between renowned chefs and student competitors. As a participant, Dubrule is one of 80 representatives from culinary schools around the country who will showcase their skills in one of 10 regional competitions held at elite culinary schools in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Finalists will gather in Napa Valley in March to vie for the chance to win more than $20,000 and a career changing one-year paid apprenticeship with a master chef.


At the regionals, Dubrule will compete against students from the: Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, the Culinary Arts Institute at Hudson Community College, Paul Smith's College, The Institute of Culinary Education, The International Culinary Center, The Culinary Institute of America, and the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Hartford, CT. Also, chefs will mentor culinary students on everything from preparation techniques to personal impact – including presence and taste – to final presentation.

Regional competitors will be given two hours to prepare 10 plated entree portions of an original signature dish suitable for presentation at a fine dining establishment. Scoring will be based on a number of criteria that include sanitary food handling, organization, flavor, texture and degree of doneness of the dish, creativity, serving methods and presentation, meeting time limits and menu and ingredient compatibility.


Professor Dave Campbell chose Dubrule for the honor by based on his maturity, work ethic and passion for the industry. “I knew he would be willing to put in the time,” Campbell said. In describing Dubrule’s work ethic, Campbell added, “Most students, when seeking employment, emphasize their strengths; Andrew sought out employment that would improve his weaknesses.”


Campbell, who is helping Dubrule to prepare for the competition, said they will work together about 15 hours per week until the event.


Throughout the past decade, the S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition has partnered with more than 340 award-winning chefs representing nearly 400 restaurants. These chefs have judged and mentored the 580 past competitors, helping to launch their culinary careers. For more information on the S.Pellegrino® Almost Famous Chef® Competition visit


About the S.Pellegrino®Almost Famous Chef® Competition

For centuries, Acqua Panna ® Natural Spring Water and S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water have complemented fine food, wine and the dining occasion. In support of this passion for gastronomy and their commitment to the culinary arts, the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition was founded in 2002 as a mentoring program that connects top culinary students with established chefs and influential media. Since then, this program has helped to launch hundreds of culinary careers and refined the skills of a new generation of chefs. Through the Almost Famous Chef Competition, student chefs are given the opportunity to gain unmatched experience, while cooking in some of the most prestigious kitchens in the world.


About SUNY Cobleskill

The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill is an accredited polytechnic college that is primarily baccalaureate and residential. The College has an enrollment of 2,600 students in 50 programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Business. An economic engine for rural New York, SUNY Cobleskill is home to a wide array of continuing education and professional development opportunities. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @sunycobleskill for press releases and announcements.

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